ECGI Working Paper Series in Finance and Law

ECGI Working Paper Series in Finance and Law

The ECGI Working Paper series is a repository of academic research papers produced by ECGI Research members consisting of highly qualified and renowned academics from across the globe. The series is managed by a team of ECGI Editors and the papers focus on Corporate Governance topics in both Law and Finance fields.


By arrangement with the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), ECGI Working Papers are available online free of charge from the SSRN's Financial and Legal Research Institutes Papers Series.

How papers are included in the two series

ECGI Research Members submit papers to one of two editorial boards which then assess them for inclusion in one or other of the two working paper series.  Both series publish research papers in the field of corporate governance, broadly defined - see the FAQ for further clarification. Each editorial board comprises an Editor and a number of Consulting Editors drawn from ECGI's Research Membership. The Boards are currently chaired by:


Finance Editorial Board

Professor Mike Burkart

Professor of Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science


Law Editorial Board

Professor Amir Licht

Professor of Law, Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya


Questions & Answers

Who can submit papers to the series? How are the Working Papers published? What happens when a paper has been accepted for inclusion in the Working Paper Series?

To find out the answers to these and any other questions regarding the series, click here.


Working paper prizes   

With the generous support of Aberdeen Standard Investments and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, the ECGI awards annual prizes for the best papers published in the ECGI Finance and Law Working Paper series. To be eligible for a prize, a paper must have appeared in one of the ECGI Working Paper series and be deemed to have made a substantial contribution to the knowledge of corporate governance in Europe.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Finance Prize

The €5,000 prize for the best paper in the Finance series is sponsored by the leading investment company, Aberdeen Standard Investments           

The Cleary Gottlieb Law Prize

The €5,000 prize for the best paper in the Law series is sponsored by the international legal practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Past Sponsors

Allen & Overy very generously supported a prize for the best paper in the Law series from 2008 -2018.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Egon Zehnder International generously supported respectively a prize for the best paper in the Law series and a prize on company boards and their role in corporate governance from 2005-2008.

Terms of Reference

Click here to view the Terms of Reference governing the award of these prizes.     

Prize winners

Click here for details of prize winners since 2005.